mid-15c. of or pertaining to the law, from Middle French lgal or directly from Latin legalis legal, pertaining to the law, from lex (genitive legis) law, possibly related to legere to gather, on notion of a collection of rules (seelecture(n.)).

Sense of permitted by law is from 1640s. Related: Legally. The Old French form was leial, loial (seeleal,loyal). Legal tender is from 1740.

But moral conviction and legal proof are quite different things.

By this measure all legal proceedings for the recovery of church rates were abolished.

He dealt with the question on theological, legal and social grounds.

The eight children do not belong to the woman in any real or legal sense.

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able or deserving of consideration; allowable